A Minnesota DFL candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives is facing criticism after he tweeted "ISIS isn’t necessarily evil."
Dan Kimmel, who is running against Rep. Drew Christensen, R-Burnsville, sent his tweet last evening about ISIS, which is also know as the Islamic State and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.
ISIS isn't necessarily evil. It is made up of people doing what they think is best for their community. Violence is not the answer, though.— Dan Kimmel (@KimmelDan) November 15, 2015
ISIS has claimed responsibility for a series of recent terrorist attacks in Paris which killed 129 people and injured 352. ISIS is recognized as a terrorist organization by the United States and the United Nations.
Kimmel's tweet earned quick condemnation from Minnesota DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin, who also called on Kimmel to apologize.
As first reported by the Associated Press, Rep, Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, the top Democrat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, called on Kimmel to apologize for his comment and also end his campaign.
Kimmel later sent a tweet which attempted to clarify his remarks about ISIS.
I deplore the evil acts of ISIS. I do not defend their acts.— Dan Kimmel (@KimmelDan) November 15, 2015
Kimmel did not respond to a request for comment about his tweets.
UPDATE: The Star Tribune is now reporting Kimmel is ending his campaign for the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Picture source: Dan Kimmel for State Representative